1 John 3:11-24 - God Is Love, So Love One Another

11 For the message you have heard from the beginning is this: We must love one another. 12 We must not be like Cain who was a child of the evil one, and butchered his brother. And why did he butcher him? Because his own actions were wicked and his brother's upright. 13 You must not be surprised, brothers, if the world hates you! 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love is still in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer can have eternal life remain in his heart.

16 We know what love means from the fact that he laid down his life for us; so we also ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 But if someone who is rich sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how can he have any love for God in his heart?

18 Dear children, let us love not with words or lips only but in reality and truth. 19 From that we can be sure that we are on the side of the truth, and satisfy our consciences in God's sight, 20 if they condemn us for anything, for God is greater than our consciences, and he knows all.

21 Dear friends, if our consciences do not condemn us, we approach God with confidence, 22 and we obtain from him whatever we ask for, because we are obeying his commands and doing the things that please him. 23 His command is this??hat we are to believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he has commanded us to do. 24 All who obey his commands keep in union with him, and he does with them; and this is how we know that he keeps in union with us??y the Spirit which he has given us.